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Will the .22 short ever become a cartridge of the Past?



  • robert38-55robert38-55 Posts: 3,621 Senior Member
    DoctorWho wrote: »
    If you shoot your shorts, they will be full of holes...... :rotflmao:
    Mine are full of holes anyway Doc, and not from shooting them either:tooth::roll2:
    "It is what it is":usa:
  • AntonioAntonio Posts: 2,986 Senior Member
    Considering the multiple choices in .22LR weight and speed currently available, eventually the .22 Short will sadly fade away, specially outside the US. Modern airguns also might contribute to this since they have become more powerful, accurate and available, and also assorted task-specialized pellets are now common.

    Have used .22 Shorts in most of my rifles for fun, not having a particular task for them that a .22LR round can't do. Work nicely out of lever, bolt and pump actions, but couldn't make them work properly (Not even the more powerful ones made by Winchester) in the only gun factory-labeled as a .22 Short/Long/LR, a Higgins 31 semiauto.
  • JasonMPDJasonMPD Posts: 6,583 Senior Member
    cpj wrote: »
    Since you can get .22 LR in every flavor under the sun, including those that match the performance of the vaunted .22 Short...they are irrelevant unless you have a gun that only shoots shorts.
    You can get the same performance in .22 LR for less money.

    But my 62A holds dern near 33% more ammo with .22short versus long rifle.
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  • sarg1csarg1c Posts: 1,707 Senior Member
    Teach wrote: »
    How many .38's would it take to erode the cylinder on a .357 revolver? Lead and/or powder fouling might make a .22 LR hard to chamber after a LOT of rounds were fired.
    I think it flame-cuts the cylinder or chamber Much like it does on the backstrap on a revolver...
  • mkk41mkk41 Posts: 1,932 Senior Member
    I can probably count on 1 hand the number of boxes of .22 Shorts I've shot over my lifetime.
  • joseph06joseph06 Posts: 133 Member
    I want to like the .22 short, but in practice I've found subsonic .22lr loads do just about as good. I wouldn't shoot anything bigger than a squirrel with one....I tried them on cottontails once and found they didn't always kill, even with a headshot, at more than 15 yards or so.
  • Gene LGene L Posts: 12,817 Senior Member
    Update on .22 Shorts. I shot some (~ 100 or so) in my K 22 inside my house. They were Super Colibri, which is about the same length. Anyway, I took the revolver to the range this weekend, and couldn't chamber a round fully. I had to clean the cylinders with a bore brush before it would shoot. Now, the K 22 is a target revolver with tight chambers, but I'll bet you have the same result with a rifle.
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  • bisleybisley Posts: 10,815 Senior Member
    It's the same issue you find with .38 Special in a .357 magnum chamber. With proper cleaning, it never forms a hard crust and is not an issue.
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